schef·​flera | \ ˈshe-flə-rə How to pronounce schefflera (audio) \

Definition of schefflera

: any of a genus (Schefflera) of chiefly tropical and subtropical shrubs and trees of the ginseng family having usually palmately compound leaves and including some (such as S. actinophylla synonym Brassaia actinophylla) grown indoors and in gardens

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Recent Examples on the Web Dead leaves on woody tropical plants, such as hibiscus, tibouchina, angel trumpet, croton, ixora, schefflera, copper plant and rubber tree, can be picked off to make things look neater., "Don't prune freeze-damaged plants just yet: 5 tips for recovering your garden," 6 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of schefflera

1953, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for schefflera

New Latin, from Jacob Christoph Scheffler †1742 German physician

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“Schefflera.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 21 January 2020.

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